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  • Imprudent King

  • A New Life of Philip II
  • By: Geoffrey Parker
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Philip II is not only the most famous king in Spanish history, but one of the most famous monarchs in English history: the man who married Mary Tudor and later launched the Spanish Armada against her sister Elizabeth I. This compelling biography of the most powerful European monarch of his day begins with his conception (1526) and ends with his ascent to Paradise (1603), two occurrences surprisingly well documented by contemporaries. Eminent historian Geoffrey Parker draws on four decades of research on Philip as well as a recent, extraordinary archival discovery - a trove of 3,000 documents in vaults in New York City....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional biography, grippingly retold.

  • By "der_niblungen_herr" on 28-02-19

Exceptional biography, grippingly retold.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-19

Parker’s biography of Philip II is one of the best available, managing to bring to life Philip’s complex, rivetingly interesting personality, and to assess with equanimity his accomplishment as a ruler in troubled times. Nigel Patterson’s performance, and particularly his obvious effort to get all the Spanish names and phrases correctly pronounced, is extraordinary.

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  • Spain

  • The Centre of the World 1519-1682
  • By: Robert Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Clyde
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

The Golden Age of the Spanish Empire would establish five centuries of Western supremacy across the globe and usher in an era of transatlantic exploration that eventually gave rise to the modern world. It was a time of discovery and adventure, of great political and social change - it was a time when Spain learned to rule the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant intro to a history I knew little about

  • By Mary on 08-07-15

Great book, objectionable narration.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Goodwin’s book is an accessible and engaging introduction to Golden Age Spain seen through its main political figures and using its art as an emblem of its greatness and its final decadence. Jeremy Clyde narrates it with gusto, but he woefully mispronounces almost every single proper name in Spanish—for over 21 hours. A Spanish language consultant would have been essential for this kind of project: compare this disappointing approach with the superb job that narrator Damian Lynch did with the Audible recording of Ian Kershaw’s biography of Hitler, in which he made sure he pronounced every German name correctly.

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes

  • The Heirloom Collection
  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 58 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,698

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A long and rewarding listen....

  • By Lee on 29-04-15

Magisterial performance of a great classic.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-16

Simon Vance pulls off one of his best performances playing an enormous cast of main and supporting characters, each with an individual and unmistakable voice, in an array of British and American accents. Absolutely top class, doing justice to Conan Doyle's brilliant series. 5 stars.